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Making the Most of Seasonal Produce

Now that certain crops are coming in locally, the CSA boxes are overflowing. Just what should I do with fennel? And how can I possibly consume all of this spinach?

Tricia Cornell comes to the rescue in Eat More Vegetables, 135 recipes arranged seasonally to correspond with our northern plenty, from a refreshing cold beet soup in the heat of summer to a healthy and comforting butternut squash chili for cold winter nights; from zucchini fritters any kid will love to an adults-only melon-vodka slushie. But this book brings value far beyond creative recipes. Introductions to the many vegetables, fruits, and herbs stacked on farmers’ tables and in the grocery store help home cooks see delicious possibilities in kale, cabbage, or tomatoes, while tips for preparation and storage encourage us to make the most of our growing season and extend the goods through fall and into winter, until the markets open up once again.

Sue Zelickson, Founder of Perspectives Family Center Kids Cafe, Women Who Really Cook, and the Charlie Awards, said about the book, “Tricia Cornell shares excellent advice on CSAs and farmers’ markets, essential cooking tools, and exciting recipes to add seasonal vegetables to our daily life. Her personal experiences add to the warmth and sincerity found in every chapter. Eat More Vegetables is a most informative gem and a true healthy masterpiece.”

Writer Michael Tortorello added, “More than just a great home cook, Tricia Cornell is a dinner-table matchmaker. With this book, she introduces us to all the gorgeous fruits and vegetables we’ve flirted with at the farmers’ market but never taken home for dinner. Make it a one-night stand (say, her melon-vodka slushie) or a healthy long-term relationship (the perfect pan-fried green bean). And remember, these are vegetables: Your mother will approve.”

Available from Minnesota Historical Society Press, . Format: $27.95 Cloth, ISBN: 978-0-87351-852-9.

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